celine-flowercolor-smI thought this was SO clever! Celine sent this in and I love how she used the box of fairy dust to sprinkle color onto the flowers. It got me thinking, how could I do this for other cards, what else could I start out with black and white and then add a color to?

She stamped the images using Staz-On ink and then used her watercolors. She masked everything and sponged the background using my trusty Nerf ball and Color Box pigment inks.  Twinkling H2Os were used for the fairy’s wings. And to finish it off,  she added the swirly dots to indicate the path of the fairy dust.

Just wonderful!

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sandy-happy-easter-smI must confess, I had to check my calendar today and realized that Easter is next weekend! That means not only the Easter Bunny but income taxes (for those in the U.S.) are not far behind! But lets not think of that last part right now, shall we.

Sandy sent in these Adorable (with a capital “A”) Easter cards. Using just one stamp – Flopsy with his egg, she created a whole set of cards. She used four different solid background colors, but they are cohesive because she carried the same stripe and polka dot throughout. I love that she colored all the eggs differently and colored Flopsy as both a brown bunny and a white fluffy one too. Cute cute cute!!

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cathrine-brewing-smIsn’t this the cutest? Cathrine sent it in. I just love the way she colored the hens or I suppose didn’t color them. So many times we think we need to add color – I know I sure do, but isn’t the white with the shadow great. The hint of color in the sky is just perfect and really helps set off the white hens. I also love her background paper – can’t get more perfect than little peeps. :)

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janis-good-for-you-smJanis sent in this wonderful little scene. I suppose if we can’t have summer on the outside we can create our own. It brings me back to when I first started stamping – it was much different than what people are creating today. Back then I loved making little scenes – snippets of daily life, sometimes silly, sometimes more serious but it seems it was always a little scene – and LOTS of masking.

I love her use of the collage background – it’s just so different and totally unexpected. I also like her use of the bird on the post, this stamp is actually a whole fence and she used just a piece of it.

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barb-oliver-smBarb sent in this lovely little card featuring Oliver pup. She said it looked like he was doing a “high five” which is something her grand-doggies can do. Pretty cute! I actually taught our little dog Squeaky to do that – something kind of silly seeing a little chihuahua with his front paw in the air. Anyway, I digress.

I love her use of all the patterned papers (my favorite colors are orange and lime green Barb, how’d you know). :)  I think the little piece of twine around the striped paper is so cute. I also like that see cut Oliver pup out, so his tail is sticking up in the border. Very cute!

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sandy-gwen Sandy created a cute little card that could be used for someone who loves the beach or is just hoping for a sunny day. She was actually on a cruise when she sent this in…I’m wondering if that had something to do with the theme. :)

I love her use of black to separate the different areas and set off the main image. The little “love” charm, pink bow and clear dots really add that special touch.

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maria-view-sm What a wonderful serene scene Maria sent in. I love her use of primary colors – the red in the light house and border, the blue of the water and pants, and then the yellow of course in the shirt and the hat.

She said she stamped Mr. Pattersville on cardstock and another to create a mask. She then stamped the lighthouse and created a mask for that as well. She ripped up a piece of Post-It Note to make the beach area and used Distress Inks and a dauber to create the sand. She added some white gel pen to create the waves and the water’s edge. For the clouds, she masked everything and used a cloud template and Distress Inks again.

She colored everything with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol (an odorless mineral spirit), added a rhinestone to the lighthouse light and a few more for interest.

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heike-germany-warm-smApparently the weather is changing QUITE a bit in Germany. Heike sent in these two cards using the same images but colored very differently. One is of a lovely spring day with sunshine, fluffy clouds and a bit of hopping through the green grass.

And then she says “Germany today”…brrrr. The skies have grayed, the grass has lost its green and froggy is turning a bit blue! I just love that using the same stamps the scene can totally change just by changing the color. Now if you’ll excuse me, little blue froggy is making me feel like I need to put on a sweater.


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If you follow this blog on Facebook you may have already seen a few cards by the very talented Leigh O’Brien. I’ll be posting them again here, so please don’t fret, you certainly won’t miss out on her work.

For this card, she says that technically it’s still Winter, although the weather sometimes doesn’t feel like it. :)

Leigh has such an eye for putting things together – adding layers, fun embellishments, a bit of stitching and sparkly glitter. She started with a Spellbinders oval die and stamped Sarah, Nicky and Otto inside. She used her Copics to airbrush the clouds and color everything in. The glittery snow is Dazzling Diamonds – oh what girl wouldn’t want those! The other die cuts are by Cat’s Pajamas and they sure are cute.

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